How to prepare your job application and what to expect if you are asked to come in for an interview.

 

Staff with client Pinnaroo office

Where can I find current vacancies in the State Government?

All current vacancies for State Government are advertised on the jobs.wa.gov.au website.

 

How to prepare your application?

Important note – check the closing date.

Carefully check the closing date for each position. We can't accept your application if it's late, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to prepare and submit your application. We must receive your entire written application by the closing date and time.

There are two documents you need to have before you start preparing your application:

  •  The information kit, including the application form, and
  •  The job description form (JDF).

 

What should be included in your application?

Your written application should include the following:

  •  Completed application form
  •  Your resume (CV)
  •  A covering letter or your statement of claims against the work related requirements (if it is requested in the advertisement).

 

What to include in your resume/CV?

Pink everlasting flowers PinnarooIdeally you should include the following in your resume:

  •  Your personal details ie, name, address, phone number, email address
  •  Your education and training achievements
  •  A summary of your work history (the most recent should be listed first) with details of your responsibilities, tasks and achievements.
  •  Contact details for 2 referees (one of which should be your current or most recent employer)

 

How to respond to the work related requirements?

How you demonstrate that you can match your skills, knowledge or experience to the work related requirements is one of the most important parts of your written application.

The work related requirements are listed in the job description form (JDF) and are divided into two categories - essential and desirable.

For each requirement, describe or list specific examples of times or projects when you have used the required skills or knowledge, tell us what action you took and include any details of the outcome or feedback.

Try not to be too wordy - but do provide some brief examples that show you meet that requirement.

Selection for interview is based on your ability to show:

  •  that you meet the essential work requirements, and
  •  that you are competitive in relation to other applicants.

 

How to submit your application?

You can submit your application via the following methods:

  •  Apply online

     Find the advertised vacancy on the Job Board website, scroll down to the bottom and click on ‘Apply for Job’ button.

  •  Email

    Important note: You will need to send your application to us in either Microsoft Word or PDF format.

     The email address is: recruitment@mcb.wa.gov.au

  •  Post to

     Attn: Human Resources Officer
     Metropolitan Cemeteries Board
     PO Box 53
     Claremont WA 6910

  •  Hand deliver to

     Karrakatta Cemetery
     Railway Road, Karrakatta

  •  Fax

     You can fax your application to (08) 9384 9273.

 

What happens once you submit your application?

As soon as applications close, we start the selection process. We do our best to ensure that everything happens as quickly as possible - generally, from the closing date to the selection of an applicant takes about two to four weeks.

Firstly we shortlist - if you're successful in gaining an interview, you should hear from us within three weeks after the closing date. If you haven't heard from us by then, it's unlikely that your application was chosen for shortlisting.

Then we interview - once an applicant has been selected, we'll notify you in writing. We often receive many applications for our advertised vacancies. We ask that if possible, you wait until we contact you. 

 

Staff member at Pinnaroo chapelWho to contact for more information?

Each job will include the phone number of a contact person. Don't hesitate to give them a call - they'll be happy to tell you more about the job and answer any questions.

 

Preparing for an interview

Congratulations! The panel obviously considered that your application showed you met the work requirements, and were competitive in relation to other applicants.

Along with your interview, you may be asked to undergo other work tests (depending on the job, maybe a short presentation, a typing test, or some sort of practical exercise). But don't panic, you'll be given notice and time to prepare.

Sometimes you may be given the questions a short time before the interview and given time to prepare notes to help you answer them.

 

What to do before your interview?

  •  Read the JDF so that you're familiar with what the job involves - you will be asked questions that relate directly to the work requirements, and each interviewee will be asked the same questions
  •  Talk to the contact person if you have any questions.
  •  You might like to gather examples of your work, or any other material to support your application to bring to the interview.
  •  Take along a copy of your application - the panel won't mind if you want to refer to it during your interview.
  •  Visit the MCB website to get an understanding of what we do as an agency and possibly how the advertised job fits in the overall structure.

 

What to do at the interview?

  •  Impress the panel! This is your opportunity to show them what you know, and how you'd be perfect for the job.
  •  Take time to gather your thoughts when asked a question - the panel will not mind if you take a few moments to put together a well thought out answer
  •  Ask for clarification if you don't understand a question.
  •  Feel free to ask the interview panel any questions after the interview.

 

What happens after the interview?

After the interview, you will be notified of the outcome of the selection process by email (or by another method if indicated by you).

Please be aware that the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board has a four day breach claim period for the Recruitment, Selection and Appointment Standard as proposed by the Public Sector Commission.

We ask that you take the opportunity to contact the person nominated to obtain feedback on your written application or your performance at the interview, within the four day period.